Whether you are keeping a single pair, or breeding your birds for sale,
what you feed them will make a world of difference in their health,
appearance, vitality, and success. Nutrition is key! Get the nutrition
right and you'll have very few problems!
Click the links in the title bars
below to enter each page for specifics!
  • In the Wild - what do they eat?
  • Carbs - What comprises a carbohydrate for finches?
  • Protein - high-protein foods
  • Fat & Oils - yep, like us, finches need some fat in their diet!
  • Vitamin & Minerals - there are several ways to ensure they are receiving the
    proper amount
  • Grit - what is it for and why do they need it?
  • Egg food - also referred to as "rearing food", and occasionally, "universal food"
  • Water - the obvious stuff!
Depending on the season, Gouldians will require a very plain or "austere" diet all the way
up to the very rich breeding and molting diet.  Read more here to learn about the different
diets.
Gouldian finches are notorious for being picky eaters.  They are often overly cautious or
even afraid of new items placed in their cage.  This link will give you some ideas on how
to get them to be less afraid, and try new foods as they are introduced to their feeding
schedule!
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Iodine, Calcium
  • Grit, Charcoal

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When placing
cuttlebone in the
cage, break it into
smaller pieces . No
perch, no droppings.
You can then replace
the cuttlebone
without having
wasted a whole piece!
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  • The "when and why" I change each seed mix for the cycle, and how I know when to do it!
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